This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy here.


Works for Me Wednesday: Dinner in Minutes

This time of year things get a little crazy. And when things get crazy the first thing I tend to forget about is dinner. And this is also the time of year that I don't want to throw the money or calories away on eating out. So I try to have some quick meals that require little or NO work available for those days when I just don't remember dinner early enough to thaw out chicken!

image from avacado central

One of my favorite (like I could eat it everyday and if I was stranded on an island and could only choose one meal it would be this one because it is that good) is Tortilla soup. Now I have a fancy recipe that calls for me to thaw out chicken, but I also have a recipe that comes COMPLETELY from cans. And it is GOOD!

What you need:

1 can chicken broth (14 oz)
2 cans cooked chicken breast (12.5 oz) (I buy a 6 pack of canned chicken every time I set foot in Costco. It is perfect for soup and for chicken salad!)
1 can kidney beans (15 oz)
1 can corn (15.25 oz)
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 can diced green chiles (4oz)
1 can Enchilada Sauce - I prefer red (10 oz)

Open all of the cans, drain the chicken, corn and beans. Then pour everything else into a pot, stir and let simmer on low until warm.

Serve alone, or with tortilla chips, cheese, avacado, and sour cream on top.

It makes enough for my family of 5 to have our fill for dinner and for me and hubby to each have a bowl for lunch the next day.

The best part is my kids can make this all by themselves!! And that works for me!


Lorie said...

wow I can't wait to fix this!!!
Thanks Lorie!

Alyson | New England Living said...

My husband and son are allergic to chicken. Could there be a substitution?

PastormacsAnn said...

Looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

This sounds great! I love soups and so does the husband.

Bee said...

Tortilla soup is one of my favorite things. I am on a permanent quest for the perfect recipe. Indeed, I have tried many, many recipes - and a lot of them are fairly complicated and time-consuming to make! Thanks for this!

(At the moment, I spend so much time baking that dinner is pretty minimalistic . . . we had lentil soup last night.)

Alyson - Can your boys eat turkey?

Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful - I have a similar recipe, and like you, it usually gets made on the busiest days. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

This is one of my family's favorites, too. The love avocados and a dollop of sour cream on theirs.

Great tip!

Lorie said...


I have never tried it with beef, but my friend makes a killer taco soup with ground beef in it. I will have to get the recipe!

The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic said...

Beautiful presentaion! I can't wait to try this over the next few weeks. Thanks for the post!


rychelle said...

sounds delish!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Sounds sooooo good!!!!

Amy said...

Yummy, this recipe sounds so good! And I love that it is completely from cans!